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post #1 of 12 Old 10-24-2013, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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How many of you guys struggle to start your truck in the cold?

I live in elizabethtown PA and it is 42 degree here and I cant get my truck to start. Do you guys think the glow plugs are going out?

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OH! It's that time-of-year Again - isn't it??

The last two "Stickys" above you will walk you through your Cold Start problems....

Fix it now! It's only gonna get worse
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I live in elizabethtown PA and it is 42 degree here and I cant get my truck to start. Do you guys think the glow plugs are going out?
Could be the plugs, could be the GPR, could be the UVCH... time to break out the mutli-meter...

Winter Operation, Hard Starting, Hissing Sound Etc...

Troubleshooting GPR & GP's

These trucks, when everything is functioning, really aren't that hard to start in the cold...

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i have the same problem, replacing the factory relay with the White rogers 586-902 and my garbage autolite gps with mc zd11 this weekend

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Canadian here. I regularly start my truck, not plugged in down to -30C. If everything is working it'll be just fine. Also lighter oil helps a ton

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X2 on the lighter oil - run 5w-40 and check your glow plug system as others directed and you should be in business. I couldn't believe when I first got my truck and I had a really hard time starting it at like 40 degrees...I was pissed, white smoke and stammering while I was late for work! my glowplug relay was bad. Now it starts like a champ no matter what. I never plug in my truck, even when we see 'cold' (10 degrees F, not really that cold). Maybe if I lived back in Buffalo I would put the block heater on a timer so I could get heat faster but wouldn't need to start.

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I actually run rotella 10w30 in the winter. Even got my buddy to start doing it with his 95. The difference in starting is immense

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making sure your glow plugs are working properly, using a lighter oil during the winter (i use 10w-30 in the winter), larger stancor relay, making sure your stock block heater is in working order, and letting the glow plugs heat up properly (they are activated for about 2 min with the ignition in the on position before they shut off themselves) I have no problems starting my truck in our sub-zero temps in the winter, the coldest Ive started up was -32f, it pissed and moaned a little bit, but... it did start and keep running.

the links people posted above are great resources for getting your truck to start up at almost any temp.
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Plug that bad boy up , My glow plugs are shot but it will start with no hesitation if I plug it up at night .


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Plug that bad boy up , My glow plugs are shot but it will start with no hesitation if I plug it up at night .
A lot of people will tell you if it hasn't ever been plugged up don't do it and I agree because its like a baby to a bottle. once you get it on it , it doesn't wanna come off. but I don't mind plugging mine in and it will keep the snow/ice off your windshield .


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